I’m getting more and more questions about how I track my running activities. Therefore, it’s time for a short review.
The beginning of tracking my running activities
When I started running, I didn’t track my activities at all. Most of the time I went out running with my boyfriend. Since he tracks all his activities, I never had to do it myself. During my time in New Zealand in 2013, however, I became more interested in a healthy lifestyle and running in general. In Auckland, I was also introduced to the Nike+ Run Club by a friend of mine. I liked the concept of getting together once a week to run and work out with a group of like-minded people, so I joined the Club. At the same time, I became more curious about my running performances, so I decided to download the free Nike+ app on my iPhone. From that moment on, I understood why my boyfriend has always tracked his activities; it was great to see my achievements on screen and it made me want to beat my own records. I was hooked.
Until recently, I’ve been using the Nike+ app for all my running activities. This worked totally fine for me and I didn’t feel like I was missing any features on it. The only thing that bothered me was the fear of accidentally drowning my iPhone when running in the rain. Luckily, I always managed to make up something to avoid this. A few weeks back, when I started out with my Garmin training scheme, though, I was missing some features on the app. Especially with the threshold-training, which is a kind of interval-training, I got difficulties with the time and pace tracking. Besides, I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t see the settings properly during the run. Thus, my boyfriend decided that it was time for an early Christmas present – yes, I’m a very spoiled girl! The Garmin Forerunner 230 it was.
Garmin Forerunner 230
After a little research on the Internet, the Garmin Forerunner 230 seemed to be the perfect match for me. Aside from the cool design, I would also be able to transfer my training scheme into the device, which seemed just perfect. A short fitting session in a local running shop followed, and suddenly I was owner of my very own smart watch, and one step closer to converting into a running nerd.
Here, I summed up a few features of the Garmin Forerunner 230 that I like:
- The watch is very light weighted to an extent that it almost seems like it’s a fake one. You don’t feel it during running, which is great
- It’s perfect for someone with small wrists, but it’s not too small. The display is certainly big enough
- It comes with a USB-charging/connecting cable
- Long lasting battery time
- The watch is waterproof – great for running in the rain
- You can track all your running activities, it counts your daily steps and the watch is also suited for biking
- You get a great overview of all your activities through the Garmin Connect app
- Different features, like adding extra widgets and changing the layout/colours of the display
- You can operate the watch easily – not too many unnecessary buttons
- When connected to your phone via Bluetooth, you can also receive and read messages on the watch
- You can connect the Garmin Connect website to other sports websites, like Nike+ or Strava, so it automatically syncs your activities between these platforms
Of course, there are more features on the watch, but I’m not going to discuss them into detail here. In case you’re interested in a very detailed review, I can recommend reading the in-depth review of DC Rainmaker. Anyway, I’m very happy with this new asset, it definitely helps me to get even more motivated.
Follow my activities on Strava now
Recently, I’ve also signed up on Strava, which is a website and mobile app to track your athletic activities via GPS. On this platform you can follow other athletes and share your own activities amongst them. In short, it’s the Facebook for sports fanatics. From now on, you can add and follow me on this platform as well, through either clicking here, or by viewing my activity log in the sidebar of my blog. I hope to see you there soon!